BOC says no to smaller lot sizes in Chestatee

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied a request by Brian Ferris and Chestatee Development Corporation to amend Chestatee subdivision’s Master Plan during Tuesday’s meeting.

Ferris wanted to change the master plan that called for lots in the Linkside section to have 100 foot widths to allow 70-foot widths to accommodate 11 more lots in that section. There are 46 lots in Linkside and 34 remain unsold. Homeowners in Chestatee have strongly objected to the request, saying it would decrease the value of their homes and create additional traffic congestion.

Ferris’ attorney Ethan Underwood argued that his client didn’t need approval of the Board to change the master plan. “The number of lots per unit shall not require further approval by the Planning Commission or Board of Commissioners,” he said. “That’s the law. That’s the master plan.”

In other business, the Board agreed to a request by Georgia State Patrol Post 37 to purchase two radar units and two laser units to equip the patrol cars assigned to the Dawson County area at a cost of $8,890. Commissioner Chris Gaines pointed out that GSP’s law enforcement effort has raised $83,118 for  the county this year.

Commissioners voted unanimously to allow Tax Commissioner Nicole Stewart to write off $73,237.38 in uncollectable taxes due to businesses closing or moving out of county.

The Board also agreed to purchase 16 new fire hydrants at a total cost of $55,440 for Nix Bridge Road, Overlook Drive, Woodland Circle and North Seed Tick Road.

Fire Chief/Public Safety Director Danny Thompson requested the Board appoint Lucas Ray as interim Emergency Management Agency Director while he completes courses required for him to gain Certified EMA status. Commissioners, instead, chose to appoint Thompson as the interim director.

The Fiscal Year 2019 contract with Legacy Link was renewed at a cost of $337,901 and commissioners unanimously approved the Title VI plan for Dawson County Transit.

The Board also approved the following appointments: Kathryn Reagan Smith and Gail Smith (Library Board); Brian Trapnell (Industrial Building Authority); Brian Trapnell and Christie Haynes Moore (Joint Development Authority).

 

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BOC to hear Chestatee variance request

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A variance request that has attracted strong opposition from residents of the upscale, lakeside community of Chestatee is at the top of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners agenda when it meets Thursday (June 21) at 6 p.m.

Brian Ferris, on behalf of Chestatee Development Corporation, has made a request to amend the subdivision’s Master Plan to allow lot widths of 70 feet. Currently, lot widths of 100 feet are required. The variance would create higher density and allow the builder to add 11 new homes. The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend denial.

Tony Passarello, a member of the Dawson County Civic Association and a resident of Chestatee, expressed his opposition in an email. “The higher-density lots would result in a reduction of property value, be dramatically different in character than the Master Plan called for and undermine the future development of other sections of Chestatee.”

Citizens will have an opportunity to be heard during the public comment period before the variance is voted on.

Chris Hollifield, of the certified public accounting firm of Rushton Company, presented the county’s 2017 audit report last week. Hollifield said county government assets exceeded its liabilities by $86.8 million and the fund balance grew by $8.2 million.” Commissioners will consider accepting the report Thursday.

Commissioners will also vote on a request by Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Danny Speaks to apply for a Georgia Trauma Commission Grant used to reimburse 911 agencies for the purchase of trauma related equipment used to equip 911 ambulances.

Other items the Board will consider include:

  • A request by Fleet Maintenance Director Shannon Harben to dispose of four heating and air conditioning units at the Detention Center;
  • Approval of a list of county-owned items to be placed into the 2018 GovDeals.com Surplus Sale;
  • Approval of a design/build contract to be awarded to Charles Black Construction in the amount of $2,644,127 for the Fleet Maintenance/Public Works Complex;
  • Approval of a special event business license for Carol Stream Amusement Inc. to operate a carnival in the front parking lot of North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall from June 28 through July 15 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.;
  • A site plan for John Megel Chevrolet to construct a used car lot on its property;
  • Approval of a proposed 2018 Land Use District Map;
  • Appointment of Joey Bearden to the Department of Family and Children Services.

 

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